“Thor: The Dark World”

                I believe Thor to be the second most popular of the Avengers, and here’s the breakdown. Iron Man is the most popular; his solo franchise is already at three movies, they get the best reviews, and make the most money. Hawkeye and Black Widow are the least popular since neither has been asked to carry a film yet. The […]

Keep ’em Rolling

With Thanksgiving approaching, students from Lower Dauphin Middle School collected 4,817 food items … and had fun sending the heavy boxes of canned goods down the rollers into the Hummelstown Food Bank. The drive, organized by the student council, shattered the previous record of 3,000 items. Photo: Bryce Detweiler.

Formula Fast Fail?

‘Like Socialist China’

In a 4-0 vote, the Derry Township Planning Commission gave a negative recommendation to the proposed “formula fast casual” restaurant ordinance, which would add a restaurant definition to the township’s code. The additional definition would limit the number of formula, or chain, restaurants in specific areas of the township. Formula fast casual restaurants would be defined as any fast casual […]

Who Runs Derry Schools?

Report Reveals ‘EC’

Question: Who’s been making the decisions at Derry Township School District? The decision to sue the M.S. Hershey Foundation? The decision to build a multi-million dollar football field? The decision to hire Richard Faidley, whose brief term as district superintendent flamed out this summer? Possible answers:a) the school boardb) the voters who elected the boardc) the school district superintendentord) the […]

Sun Country Conference?

Where Will You Play?

During Palmyra Area School District’s [PASD] Nov. 7, workshop meeting, the board considered a proposal to start a new athletic conference to take place of the Mid-Penn conference to which PASD presently belongs. That discussion followed news, reported first in The Sun, that Lower Dauphin School District is also involved with discussions to form a new athletic conference. PASD Superintendent […]

Letters to the Editor

It’s just a bit out of Sun Country, but we’ve been asked a lot of questions about the new park being constructed by Swatara Township along the Swatara Creek just outside of Hummelstown near Hoss’s. So we asked Swatara Township Administrator Paul Cornell to tell us about it … The Township has nearly completed the first phase of construction of […]


Sun Country isn’t what it used to be. Not what it was 20 years ago. Not even what it was 10 years ago. Back then, Hummelstown, Hershey and Palmyra were Republican strongholds. But not anymore. In 2009, Sandy Ballard became the first Democrat elected to the Derry Township Board of Supervisors in decades. That was hard enough for local Republican […]

From Where I Sit

Hadn’t anymore than got home from our annual vacation on Ocracoke Island, N.C., than I had a phone call and two people stopped me on the street, all wanting to know what I read on vacation. As regular readers of this column know, I am an avid reader, always have a book or two going, and my enjoyment on vacation […]

Castaway Critter of the Week

For Christmas, Hersheypark Gets Lit Up